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     The Story of the 

Twelve Apostles

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Color / 100 Min.

Documentary / A&E's History Channel __________

DVD: Playable in Region 1 - U.S., Canada, U.S. Territories. __________

Produced by Weller/Grossman Productions in association with W. G. Lonstore and Paulist Productions for The History Channel.  

Executive Producers: Robb Weller; Gerry S. Grossman.  Elwood E. Keiser, C.S.P.   Supervising Producer/Writer: Nancy Gimbrone.  Supervising Producer for The History Channel: Beth Dietrich.  

Executive Producer for The History Channel: Charlie Maday.  Narrated by Martin Sheen. ________

1999 A&E Television Networks.  All Rights Reserved.  

Distributed under license from A&E HomeVideo by Vision Video, Worcester Pennsylvania. ________

Tell others about Jesus like The Apostles did:

Though not all Christians are called to the office of Apostle, we are all called by God to share our faith (witness) with those who are not Christians.  Some Bible verses that you will find helpful for doing this, and that you may want to commit to memory are found on other pages on our  web site (see: Memory Verses; 2nd Set: Salvation!, Plan of Salvation, and Statement of Faith). __________


 What happened to Jesus' inner circle of followers?  He gave them the staggering assignment to change the world.  Here we follow their amazing lives and achievements.

 Average, Unexceptional Men of Their Time 

They started out as average, unexceptional men of their time: fishermen, farmers, local magistrates.  But their dedication to a prophetic Jewish preacher in the backwaters of the Roman Empire transformed them into revolutionaries and, in the process, changed the world itself in ways that would reverberate across time for two thousand years. 

Untold Stories of the Men Chosen by Jesus to Bring God's Plan to the World

Now, discover the extraordinary untold stories of the men chosen by Jesus to bring God's plan to the world.  Among them are Peter, who denied Christ three times but later became a "Rock"; James and John, the fiery-tempered "sons of thunder; Matthew, the tax collector later murdered by cannibals; Simon the Zealot, the anti Roman fanatic eventually "cut to pieces" preaching in Spain; and Judas Iscariot, whose betrayal would be paid  for with silver and suicide.

To the Resurrection and their Epic Mission to Spread the Gospel Through the World

From their early fear and discouragement at the shock of the Crucifixion, to the final acceptance of the resurrection and their epic mission to spread the Gospel through the known world, it's an inspiring, astonishing story of the little-known men who became The Twelve Apostles.

(-from the Video's Back Cover) __________________________

Our Comments:

Most of this Documentary covers everything that is known about the Apostles from the New Testament, including the Apostle Paul (who God chose to replace Judas).  As such it is very sound and excellent for instruction.  Those extremely familiar with the Bible may find it somewhat basic.  The ending goes into what happened to the apostles after the New Testament Canon closes.  Unfortunately, while there are traditions of who went where, and how each apostle died, there are also the most  ridiculously unbelievable ___________________________

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legends and myths included.  Some of us found this  very interesting from a historical viewpoint (that is, knowing what the legends were); others of us did not want obviously fictional accounts interfering with the true accounts found in the New Testament.

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